Worthless Sport Displays - 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo: Worthless Sport Displays

July 24, 2014

2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo

Playing aimlessly with the iDrive system of our long-term 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Gran Turismo can have its rewards, but it can also be a bit like surfing eBay Motors after a few hard lemonades. You wake up the next day with a bad headache and keen sense of regret.

So I found out.

No, I didn't use iDrive to buy a 1977 AMC Gremlin X with the factory slot mags. Although that would be cool. But I did poke around in the bowels of the system and regretfully discovered something called Sport Displays, which sounded cool.

It isn't.

Two gauges appear on the screen. According to the owner's manual they display the engine's current values for horsepower and torque.

Forget the fact that focusing on these gauges while driving down the road is a bad idea. The real issue here is: How are you benefiting from this information? And of course the answer is that there is no benefit. It's completely worthless.

Sure, when parked, it was fun to rev the car's engine and watch the needles move up and down, as I did for the photo op. But it was fun once. I'll never do it again.

I suspect that 99.9% of the folks that buy this car are smarter than me and won't even bother.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 13,417 miles


  • kirkhilles1 kirkhilles1 Posts:

    HP and Torque numbers CAN be cool, but you need more and all you need is the number, not the silly dials. Show some temperature numbers and other interesting stuff. Also... 50s at 5? Really?

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    Curious to see how those #'s actually correspond to dyno #'s....

  • hispd4fun hispd4fun Posts:

    If they are accurate you can use them as shift points for max power?

  • It would be nice if it gave you all the vehicle info that most American cars do. Coolant, oil and transmission fluid temperatures, voltage, and oil pressure.

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